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Materialism quotes by Marty Rubin
#1. Pornography is sexual materialism. #Quote by Marty Rubin
Materialism quotes by G.K. Chesterton
#2. the case is even stronger, and the parallel with madness is yet more strange. For it was our case against the exhaustive and logical theory of the lunatic that, right or wrong, it gradually destroyed his humanity. Now it is the charge against the main deductions of the materialist that, right or wrong, they gradually destroy his humanity; I do not mean only kindness, I mean hope, courage, poetry, initiative, all that is human. For instance, when materialism leads men to complete fatalism (as it generally does), it is quite idle to pretend that it is in any sense a liberating force. It is absurd to say that you are especially advancing freedom when you only use free thought to destroy free will. The determinists come to bind , not to loose . They may well call their law the "chain" of causation. It is the worst chain that ever fettered a human being. You may use the language of liberty, if you like, about materialistic teaching, but it is obvious that this is just as inapplicable to it as a whole as the same language when applied to a man locked up in a mad-house. You may say, if you like, that the man is free to think himself a poached egg. But it is surely a more massive and important fact that if he is a poached egg he is not free to eat, drink, sleep, walk, or smoke a cigarette. Similarly you may say, if you like, that the bold determinist speculator is free to disbelieve in the reality of the will. But it is a much more massive and important fact that he is not free to ra #Quote by G.K. Chesterton
Materialism quotes by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
#3. Whoever that came up with the idea of people having to have 'a dream' sure knew how to keep these creatures called human beings preoccupied. #Quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Materialism quotes by Rutger Bregman
#4. Whether it's the growth of the economy, audience shares, publications – slowly but surely, quality is being replaced by quantity. ... And driving it all is a force sometimes called "liberalism," an ideology that has been all but hollowed out. ... Freedom may be our highest ideal, but ours has become an empty freedom. Our fear of moralizing in any form has made morality a taboo in the public debate. The public arena should be "neutral," after all – yet never before has it been so paternalistic. On every street corner we're baited to booze, binge, borrow, buy, toil, stress, and swindle. Whatever we may tell ourselves about freedom of speech, our values are suspiciously close to those touted by precisely the companies that can pay for prime-time advertising. #Quote by Rutger Bregman
Materialism quotes by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
#5. We live among ruins in a World in which 'god is dead' as Nietzsche stated. The ideals of today are comfort, expediency, surface knowledge, disregard for one's ancestral heritage and traditions, catering to the lowest standards of taste and intelligence, apotheosis of the pathetic, hoarding of material objects and possessions, disrespect for all that is inherently higher and better - in other words
a complete inversion of true values and ideals, the raising of the victory flag of ignorance and the banner of degeneracy. In such a time, social decadence is so widespread that it appears as a natural component of all political institutions. The crises that dominate the daily lives of our societies are part of a secret occult war to remove the support of spiritual and traditional values in order to turn man into a passive instrument of dark powers.

The common ground of both Capitalism and Socialism is a materialistic view of life and being. Materialism in its war with the Spirit has taken on many forms; some have promoted its goals with great subtlety, whilst others have done so with an alarming lack of subtlety, but all have added, in greater or lesser measure, to the growing misery of Mankind. The forms which have done the most damage in our time may be enumerated as: Freemasonry, Liberalism, Nihilism, Capitalism, Socialism, Marxism, Imperialism, Anarchism, Modernism and the New Age. #Quote by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Materialism quotes by Rick Warren
#6. The only antidote to materialism is giving, because materialism's all about getting. Every time I give, my heart grows bigger. Every time I give, I become more like Jesus. #Quote by Rick Warren
Materialism quotes by Michael S. Horton
#7. So it is not simply by understanding doctrine that we uproot narcissism and materialism. It is by actually taking our place in a local expression of that concrete economy of grace instituted by God in Christ and sustained by his Word and Spirit. #Quote by Michael S. Horton
Materialism quotes by Richard C. Lewontin
#8. Our willingness to accept scientific claims that are against common sense is the key to an understanding of the real struggle between science and the supernatural. We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism. It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.
[Billions and Billions of Demons - JANUARY 9, 1997 ISSUE] #Quote by Richard C. Lewontin
Materialism quotes by Leon Trotsky
#9. Let us not forget that revolutions are accomplished through people, although they be nameless. Materialism does not ignore the feeling, thinking, and acting man, but explains him. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Materialism quotes by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
#10. When a man's girlfriend's parents ask him what it is that he does for a living: they're not really concerned about him; they're concerned about their daughter's tummy. #Quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Materialism quotes by The Minimalists
#11. Love people. Use things. The opposite never works. #Quote by The Minimalists
Materialism quotes by Bryant McGill
#12. Evolve your understanding of success from the outer realm of control, materialism, and ego, to the inner realm of surrender, spirituality, and compassion. #Quote by Bryant McGill
Materialism quotes by Lloyd Banks
#13. I take things like honor and loyalty seriously. It's more important to me than any materialistic thing or any fame I could have. #Quote by Lloyd Banks
Materialism quotes by Gene Edward Veith Jr.
#14. Christians - who have no patience with Darwinistic materialism - often sound as progressive as the most ardent evolutionist. They look for "new" theologies, "new" ways of worship, and "new" music, being quite willing to toss out their entire "old-fashioned" Christian heritage. #Quote by Gene Edward Veith Jr.
Materialism quotes by Aimee Mann
#15. I certainly understand that we're all trying to make a living, but I'm not thinking about that when I'm making it. And if that's your sole motivation, it's going to reflect that narcissistic greed, and you're going to hear it in the music. #Quote by Aimee Mann
Materialism quotes by Saul D. Alinsky
#16. The history of prevailing status quos shows decay and decadence infecting the opulent materialism of the Haves. The spiritual life of the Haves is a ritualistic justification of their possessions. #Quote by Saul D. Alinsky
Materialism quotes by John C. Eccles
#17. I maintain that the human mystery is incredibly demeaned by scientific reductionism, with its claim in promissory materialism to account eventually for all of the spiritual world in terms of patterns of neuronal activity. This belief must be classed as a superstition ... we have to recognize that we are spiritual beings with souls existing in a spiritual world as well as material beings with bodies and brains existing in a material world. #Quote by John C. Eccles
Materialism quotes by Stephen King
#18. But in the wake of 'Bullet,' all the guys wanted to know was, 'How's it doing? How's it selling?' How to tell them I didn't give a flying fuck how it was doing in the marketplace, that what I cared about was how it was doing in the reader's heart? #Quote by Stephen King
Materialism quotes by Adam Sedgwick
#19. From first to last it is a dish of rank materialism cleverly cooked up ... And why is this done? For no other reason, I am sure, except to make us independent of a Creator. #Quote by Adam Sedgwick
Materialism quotes by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
#20. A church service starts and ends with a prayer. A magazine starts and ends with an advert. #Quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Materialism quotes by Swami Vivekananda
#21. No more materialism, no more this egoism, I must become spiritual. #Quote by Swami Vivekananda
Materialism quotes by Rachel Held Evans
#22. In fact, it seems that most of the Bible's instructions regarding modesty find their context in warnings about materialism, not sexuality ... #Quote by Rachel Held Evans
Materialism quotes by Francis Crick
#23. A person's mental activities are entirely due to the behavior of nerve cells, glial cells, and the atoms, ions, and molecules that make them up and influence them. #Quote by Francis Crick
Materialism quotes by Mitchell Heisman
#24. To be serious about an idea, one must push it to its most extreme consequence and conclusion. Are moderns serious about the idea that biology does not matter? Are moderns willing to push economic materialism to its logical conclusion? #Quote by Mitchell Heisman
Materialism quotes by Laurance Rockefeller
#25. Individually, people are finding that a simpler lifestyle provides greater satisfaction than relentless pursuit of materialism. #Quote by Laurance Rockefeller
Materialism quotes by Clare Winger Harris
#26. Already, in the last few decades, you have realized the utter futility of of encumbering yourselves with superfluous possessions that have no useful virtue, but which, for various sentimental reasons, you continue to hoard, thus lessening your life's efficiency by using for it time and attention that should have been applied to the practical work of life's accomplishments. (The Miracle of the Lily - 1928) #Quote by Clare Winger Harris
Materialism quotes by George Gaylord Simpson
#27. The conflict between science and religion has a single and simple cause. It is the designation as religiously canonical of any conception of the material world open to scientific investigation....As a matter of fact, most of the dogmatic religions have exhibited a perverse talent for taking the wrong side on the most important concepts of the material universe, from the structure of the solar system to the origin of man. The result has been constant turmoil for many centuries, and the turmoil will continue as long as religious canons prejudge scientific questions. #Quote by George Gaylord Simpson
Materialism quotes by Peter Van Der Veer
#28. What economists and political scientists today call the "rational choice of individuals," but what Smith called "the individual pursuit of happiness," leads according to this view in a mechanical way to general welfare. As Alexander Pope in his Essay on Man put it: "true Self Love and Social are the same." While this is the foundation of liberal capitalism, Marx's dialectical materialism is not different in its selection of the economy as the prime mover. In this way the economy becomes the most important purpose of society. Fortunately, the economy has laws of causation, or, at least, that is what economists would like us to believe. Statistics are gathered to provide an objectified view of reality that enables social engineering. The individual and the collective are simultaneously put in an economic framework that is secular not in the sense that it is nonreligious, since individuals can rationally pursue religious ends, but in the sense that a God-given order of society has been replaced by an order that is constantly produced by homo economicus" (p. 41). #Quote by Peter Van Der Veer
Materialism quotes by Anthony Liccione
#29. Don't let the eyes guide the heart, but have the heart guide the eyes. #Quote by Anthony Liccione
Materialism quotes by Robert Sirico
#30. [There is] a strange split in thinking common to those on the religious left, who are quick to denounce the profit motive and commercialism. Yet, they seem to think that the key to happiness is giving people more stuff - by enlisting the coercive power of government. This perverse way of thinking holds that 'social justice' demands that we take money from those who have earned it and give it to those who have less of it. That's not social justice; that's materialism. #Quote by Robert Sirico
Materialism quotes by Margo Vader
#31. Material possessions do not last, but memories last forever. #Quote by Margo Vader
Materialism quotes by Russell Brand
#32. We are nature; we are nature as we munch gum and check the phone; we are nature as we queasily regret our imperfection, turning the glossy page, turning our glossy stomachs; we are nature as we hear them witter inanely on the radio, desecrating the silence with the violence of their idiocy and dumb verdicts, chattering and grooming, picking through the ticks in their hair, marveling at new minutia. #Quote by Russell Brand
Materialism quotes by John F. MacArthur Jr.
#33. Our nation now affirms, through its legislative bodies and courts, a distinctively anti-Christian agenda. Anything singularly Christian has been virtually swept away under the aegis of equal rights and moral freedom. The divine standards and biblical morality that our nation once embraced are assaulted constantly. Moral freedom now reigns. Materialism and the breakdown of the family are epidemic. Abortions, sexual evils, drugs, and crime are rampant. And our leaders are at a loss to know what to do because there are no standards left to provide controls for these problems. #Quote by John F. MacArthur Jr.
Materialism quotes by Thomas Nagel
#34. I believe the defenders of intelligent design deserve our gratitude for challenging a scientific world view that owes some of the passion displayed by its adherents precisely to the fact that it is thought to liberate us from religion. That world view is ripe for displacement ... #Quote by Thomas Nagel
Materialism quotes by David Bentley Hart
#35. One of the deep prejudices that the age of mechanism instilled in our culture, and that infects our religious and materialist fundamentalisms alike, is a version of the so-called genetic fallacy: to wit, the mistake of thinking that to have described a thing's material history or physical origins is to have explained that thing exhaustively. We tend to presume that if one can discover the temporally prior physical causes of some object - the world, an organism, a behavior, a religion, a mental event, an experience, or anything else - one has thereby eliminated all other possible causal explanations of that object. But this is a principle that is true only if materialism is true, and materialism is true only if this principle is true, and logical circles should not set the rules for our thinking. #Quote by David Bentley Hart
Materialism quotes by Thomas Merton
#36. Do not be too quick to condemn the man who no longer believes in God: for it is perhaps your own coldness and avarice and mediocrity and materialism and selfishness that have chilled his faith. #Quote by Thomas Merton
Materialism quotes by Jennifer Crystal
#37. We have enough money. You don't want to be Uncle Daddy. #Quote by Jennifer Crystal
Materialism quotes by Sathya Sai Baba
#38. On previous occasions when God incarnated on earth, the bliss of recognising Him in the incarnation was vouchsafed only after the physical embodiment had left the world, in spite of plenty of evidences of His Grace. But, ponder a moment on this Sathya Sai Manifestation; in this age of rampant materialism, aggressive disbelief and irreverence, what is it that brings to It the adoration of millions from all over the world? You will be convinced that the basic reason for this is the fact that this is the Supra-worldly Divinity in Human Form. #Quote by Sathya Sai Baba
Materialism quotes by Jeremy Camp
#39. I struggled with insecurity because I was trying to find my security in things. But when I began serving God with all my heart, my security was in Him. #Quote by Jeremy Camp
Materialism quotes by Albert Camus
#40. That is the answer to the question which is always being asked: why has
the revolutionary movement identified itself with materialism rather than with idealism? Because to
conquer God, to make Him a slave, amounts to abolishing the transcendence that kept the former masters
in power and to preparing, with the ascendancy of the new tyrants, the advent of the man-king. When
poverty is abolished, when the contradictions of history are resolved, "the real god, the human god, will
be the State." Then homo homini lupus becomes homo homini deus. This concept is at the root of the
contemporary world. #Quote by Albert Camus
Materialism quotes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
#41. Being self-owned is a state of mind. #Quote by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Materialism quotes by Randy Alcorn
#42. To turn the tide of materialism in the Christian community, we desperately need bold models of kingdom-centered living. Despite our need to do it in a way that doesn't glorify people, we must hear each other's stories about giving or else our people will not learn to give. #Quote by Randy Alcorn
Materialism quotes by William Gibson
#43. She [Cayce Pollard] feels the things she herself owns as a sort of pressure. Other people's objects exert no pressure. Margot thinks that Cayce has weaned herself from materialism, is preternaturally adult, requiring no external tokens of self. #Quote by William Gibson
Materialism quotes by James K. Morrow
#44. All's fair in love and dialectical materialism, #Quote by James K. Morrow
Materialism quotes by Barbara W. Tuchman
#45. Proper society did not think about MAKING money, only about spending it. #Quote by Barbara W. Tuchman
Materialism quotes by Woody Guthrie
#46. Do Re Mi
California is a garden of Eden, a paradise to live in or see,
But believe it or not, you won't find it so hot
If you ain't got the do re mi #Quote by Woody Guthrie
Materialism quotes by Henry David Thoreau
#47. What's the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on? #Quote by Henry David Thoreau
Materialism quotes by Mikhail Bakunin
#48. Thus, as I have already observed, materialism starts from animality to establish humanity; idealism starts from divinity to establish slavery and condemn the masses to an endless animality. Materialism denies free will and ends in the establishment of liberty; idealism, in the name of human dignity, proclaims free will, and on the ruins of every liberty founds authority. Materialism rejects the principle of authority, because it rightly considers it as the corollary of animality, and because, on the contrary, the triumph of humanity, the object and chief significance of history, can be realised only through liberty. In a word, you will always find the idealists in the very act of practical materialism, while you will see the materialists pursuing and realising the most grandly ideal aspirations and thoughts. #Quote by Mikhail Bakunin
Materialism quotes by Pat Conroy
#49. We had made the error of staying small – and there is no more unforgivable crime in America. #Quote by Pat Conroy
Materialism quotes by G.K. Chesterton
#50. The modern materialists are not permitted to doubt; they are forbidden to believe. #Quote by G.K. Chesterton
Materialism quotes by Janis Joplin
#51. Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz? #Quote by Janis Joplin
Materialism quotes by E. M. Forster
#52. Our life on earth is, and ought to be, material and carnal. But we have not yet learned to manage our materialism and carnality properly; they are still entangled with the desire for ownership. #Quote by E. M. Forster
Materialism quotes by Nancy Pearcey
#53. An idol is not necessarily something concrete, like a golden calf. It can also be something abstract, like matter. Is matter part of the created order? Sure it is. So the philosophy of materialism qualifies as an idol in the biblical sense. #Quote by Nancy Pearcey
Materialism quotes by Ilya Ilf
#54. So what was in this building before historical materialism?'
'Before what?'
'You know, back then, under the old regime?'
'Oh. Under the old regime my master lived here.'
'A bourgeois?'
'You're a bourgeois yourself! He wasn't a bourgeois. He was a marshal of the nobility.'
'So he was a proletarian, then?'
'You're a proletarian yourself! I told you loud and clear, a marshal.'
The conversation with the clever dvornik with a vague understanding of the class structure of society would have lasted god knows how long if the young man hadn't made a decisive move. #Quote by Ilya Ilf
Materialism quotes by Hannah Arendt
#55. The temporary alliance between the elite and the mob rested largely on this genuine delight with which the former watched the latter destroy respectability. This could be achieved when the German steel barons were forced to deal with and to receive socially Hitler's the housepainter and self-admitted former derelict, as it could be with the crude and vulgar forgeries perpetrated by the totalitarian movements in all fields of intellectual life, insofar as they gathered all the subterranean, nonrespectable elements of European history into one consistent picture. From this viewpoint it was rather gratifying to see that Bolshevism and Nazism began even to eliminate those sources of their own ideologies which had already won some recognition in academic or other official quarters. Not Marx's dialectical materialism, but the conspiracy of 300 families; not the pompous scientificality of Gobineau and Chamberlain, but the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion"; not the traceable influence of the Catholic Church and the role played by anti-clericalism in Latin countries, but the backstairs literature about the Jesuits and the Freemasons became the inspiration for the rewriters of history. The object of the most varied and variable constructions was always to reveal history as a joke, to demonstrate a sphere of secret influences of which the visible, traceable, and known historical reality was only the outward façade erected explicitly to fool the people.

To this aversion of the #Quote by Hannah Arendt
Materialism quotes by Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
#56. Life is less a burden without an absolute quest for material possessions #Quote by Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
Materialism quotes by Marya Mannes
#57. The curse of the romantic is a greed for dreams, an intensity of expectation that, in the end, diminishes the reality. #Quote by Marya Mannes
Materialism quotes by Paul C. Nagel
#58. Adams was in a hurry and ordered his horse drawn carriage to wait for him in front of his house. The horses were spooked before he got in the carriage, and the carriage was destroyed in an accident. Pondering what could have happened to him , Adams retreated to Psalm 20's injunctions against trusting in chariots and horses. #Quote by Paul C. Nagel
Materialism quotes by Swami Vivekananda
#59. I am not talking about what every one of us means by love. Little namby-pamby love is lovely. Man rails in love with woman, and woman goes to die for man. The chances are that in five minutes John kicks Jane, and Jane kicks John. This is a materialism and no love at all. If John could really love Jane, he would be perfect that moment. #Quote by Swami Vivekananda
Materialism quotes by G.K. Chesterton
#60. [The materialist] thinks me a slave because I am not allowed to believe in determinism. I think [the materialist] a slave because he is not allowed to believe in fairies. #Quote by G.K. Chesterton
Materialism quotes by Christopher Hitchens
#61. About once or twice every month I engage in public debates with those whose pressing need it is to woo and to win the approval of supernatural beings. Very often, when I give my view that there is no supernatural dimension, and certainly not one that is only or especially available to the faithful, and that the natural world is wonderful enough - and even miraculous enough if you insist - I attract pitying looks and anxious questions. How, in that case, I am asked, do I find meaning and purpose in life? How does a mere and gross materialist, with no expectation of a life to come, decide what, if anything, is worth caring about?

Depending on my mood, I sometimes but not always refrain from pointing out what a breathtakingly insulting and patronizing question this is. (It is on a par with the equally subtle inquiry: Since you don't believe in our god, what stops you from stealing and lying and raping and killing to your heart's content?) Just as the answer to the latter question is: self-respect and the desire for the respect of others - while in the meantime it is precisely those who think they have divine permission who are truly capable of any atrocity - so the answer to the first question falls into two parts. A life that partakes even a little of friendship, love, irony, humor, parenthood, literature, and music, and the chance to take part in battles for the liberation of others cannot be called 'meaningless' except if the person living it is also an existential #Quote by Christopher Hitchens
Materialism quotes by Fabian Gustafsson
#62. The one who lives solely with the many, solely with the best, lives only as briefly as that which he owns, passes his tests.
The one living by his actions, and by his deeds, will live his full life owning the average, happily having them, filling his needs. #Quote by Fabian Gustafsson
Materialism quotes by B.C. Forbes
#63. The be-all and end-all of life should not be to get rich, but to enrich the world. #Quote by B.C. Forbes
Materialism quotes by Alain De Botton
#64. The materialistic view of happiness of our age starkly revealed in our understanding of the word luxury. #Quote by Alain De Botton
Materialism quotes by Robert C. Koons
#65. As far as I can see, materialism is a view that has no very compelling argument in its favor and that is confronted with very powerful objections to which nothing even approaching an adequate response has been offered. The central objection, elaborated in various ways below, is that the main materialist view, quite possibly the only serious materialist view, offers no account at all of consciousness and seems incapable in principle of doing so. #Quote by Robert C. Koons
Materialism quotes by Rick Perlstein
#66. Increasingly we confused the pursuit of happiness with the pursuit of pleasure. #Quote by Rick Perlstein
Materialism quotes by Bryan M. Litfin
#67. The author's projected intellectual climate nearly 500 years in the future proclaims itself too pragmatic to consider living well as important as material satisfaction. This reminds us, ironically, that choosing NOT to consider life's deeper questions is in itself a choice with profound and lasting consequences. #Quote by Bryan M. Litfin
Materialism quotes by Charles Alexander Eastman
#68. It was our belief that the love of possessions is a weakness to be overcome ... Children must early learn the beauty of generosity. They are taught to give what they prize most, that they may taste the happiness of giving ... The Indians in their simplicity literally give away all that they have - to relatives, to guests of other tribes or clans, but above all to the poor and the aged, from whom they can hope for no return. #Quote by Charles Alexander Eastman
Materialism quotes by Charles Haddon Spurgeon
#69. A man may follow vanity as truly in the counting-house as in the theatre. If he be spending his life in amassing wealth, he passes his days in a vain show. #Quote by Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Materialism quotes by James Hamilton-Paterson
#70. Nothing is avowed to exist nowadays unless it can be bought or sold or measured by scientists. Why should artists have to acknowledge the complete supremacy of materialism? Must everything mysterious be exploded or all unaccountable things explained away? And if so, what is gained? Plain men drudging in a world of plain things. That's not the world I know and it's one I've no wish to know. #Quote by James Hamilton-Paterson
Materialism quotes by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
#71. If every lover was treated like they matter - everyday; valentine's day wouldn't be so 'special. #Quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Materialism quotes by J. Valor
#72. This trespass had not come without a price. Living un-lives, material comforts and luxuries became superfluous, connection to the outside world undesirable, and power their only sustenance. But they had paid gladly, considering this "humanity" a small price for the power they now wielded; power that would sustain them far beyond the lives of mere humans and perhaps, in time, even grant them immortality. #Quote by J. Valor
Materialism quotes by R. Kent Hughes
#73. The key to liberation from the power of materialism is not an exodus from culture - abandoning Wall Street or leaving the wealth of the nation to others - but the grace of giving ... Givers for God disarm the power of money. They invite God's grace to flow through them. #Quote by R. Kent Hughes
Materialism quotes by Honore De Balzac
#74. Possibly the words materialism and spirituality express two sides of one and the same fact. #Quote by Honore De Balzac
Materialism quotes by Faraaz Kazi
#75. Our lives are defined by fear from the very time we are born to the time we bid adieu to this material world. #Quote by Faraaz Kazi
Materialism quotes by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#76. Our life consists not in the pursuit of material success but in the quest for worthy spiritual growth. Our entire earthly existence is but a transitional stage in the movement toward something higher, and we must not stumble and fall, nor must we linger fruitlessly on one rung of the ladder. Material laws alone do not explain our life or give it direction. The laws of physics and physiology will never reveal the indisputable manner in which the Creator constantly, day in and day out, participates in the life of each of us, unfailingly granting us the energy of existence; when this assistance leaves us, we die. And in the life of our entire planet, the Divine Spirit surely moves with no less force: this we must grasp in our dark and terrible hour. #Quote by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Materialism quotes by Terence McKenna
#77. The global triumph of Western values means we, as a species, have wandered into a state of prolonged neurosis

because of the absence of a connection to the unconscious. Gaining access to the unconscious through plant

hallucinogen use reaffirms our original bond to the living planet. Our estrangement from nature and the

unconscious became entrenched roughly two thousand years ago, during the shift from the Age of the Great God

Pan to that of Pisces that occurred with the suppression of the pagan mysteries and the rise of Christianity. The

psychological shift that ensued left European civilization staring into two millennia of religious mania and

persecution, warfare, materialism, and rationalism.

The monstrous forces of scientific industrialism and global politics that have been born into modern times were

conceived at the time of the shattering of the symbiotic relationships with the plants that had bound us to nature

from our dim beginnings. This left each human being frightened, guilt-burdened, and alone. Existential man was #Quote by Terence McKenna
Materialism quotes by Fernando Botero
#78. Man needs music, literature, and painting - all those oases of perfection that make up art - to compensate for the rudeness and materialism of life. #Quote by Fernando Botero
Materialism quotes by Ludwig Von Mises
#79. Except for Christianity, the Nazis reject as Jewish everything which stems from Jewish authors. This condemnation includes the writings of those Jews who, like Stahl, Lassalle, Gumplowicz, and Rathenau, have contributed many essential ideas to the system of Nazism. But the Jewish mind is, as the Nazis say, not limited to the Jews and their offspring only. Many "Aryans" have been imbued with Jewish mentality - for instance the poet, writer, and critic Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, the socialist Frederick Engels, the composer Johannes Brahms, the writer Thomas Mann, and the theologian Karl Barth. They too are damned. Then there are whole schools of thought, art, and literature rejected as Jewish. Internationalism and pacifism are Jewish, but so is warmongering. So are liberalism and capitalism, as well as the "spurious" socialism of the Marxians and of the Bolsheviks. The epithets Jewish and Western are applied to the philosophies of Descartes and Hume, to positivism, materialism and empiro-criticism, to the economic theories both of the classics and of modern subjectivism. Atonal music, the Italian opera style, the operetta and the paintings of impressionism are also Jewish. In short, Jewish is what any Nazi dislikes. If one put together everything that various Nazis have stigmatized as Jewish, one would get the impression that our whole civilization has been the achievement only of Jews. #Quote by Ludwig Von Mises
Materialism quotes by Lucinda Riley
#80. Physical comfort
materialism, if you like
is the enemy of any serious spirituality, I think. When we're warm and well fed, our souls can be empty and we still make it through the day. And as I've discovered recently, it is the greatest poverty of all. #Quote by Lucinda Riley
Materialism quotes by Aryn Kyle
#81. In my room, I looked around at all the pieces of my life, neat and tidy on their little shelves, my clothes and books and telephones, my shoes and hair barrettes, and tried to care about them. Mine, mine, mine. But they were only things, things that could have belonged to anyone. #Quote by Aryn Kyle
Materialism quotes by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#82. On the way from the Renaissance to our days we have enriched our experience, but we have lost the concept of a Supreme Complete Entity which used to restrain our passions and our irresponsibility. We have placed too much hope in political and social reforms, only to find out that we were being deprived of our most precious possession: our spiritual life. In the East, it is destroyed by the dealings and machinations of the ruling party. In the West, commercial interests tend to suffocate it. This is the real crisis. #Quote by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Materialism quotes by C.S. Lewis
#83. [M]an has been accustomed, ever since he was a boy, to having a dozen incompatible philosophies dancing about together inside his head. He doesn't think of doctrines as primarily "true" or "false," but as "academic" or "practical," "outworn" or "contemporary," "conventional" or "ruthless." Jargon, not argument, is your best ally in keeping him from the Church. Don't waste time trying to make him think that materialism is true! Make him think it is strong or stark or courageous - that it is the philosophy of the future. That's the sort of thing he cares about. #Quote by C.S. Lewis
Materialism quotes by Umberto Eco
#84. There must be a connection between the lust for power and impotentia coeundi. I liked Marx, I was sure that he and his Jenny had made love merrily. You can feel it in the easy pace of his prose and in his humor. On the other hand, I remember remarking one day in the corridors of the university that if you screwed Krupskaya all the time, you'd end up writing a lousy book like Materialism and Empiriocriticism. #Quote by Umberto Eco
Materialism quotes by Barbara Bradley Hagerty
#85. The real distinction between a material and spiritual worldview, [William] James wrote does not rest in "hair splitting abstraction about matter's inner essence, or about the metaphysical attributes of God. Materialism means simply the denial that the moral order is eternal, and the cutting off of ultimate hope; spiritualism means the affirmation of an eternal order, and the letting loose of hope".
Given the choice, I throw my lot in with hope. #Quote by Barbara Bradley Hagerty
Materialism quotes by Terry Eagleton
#86. One criticism of Freud still sometimes heard on the political Left is that his thinking is individualist - that he substitutes 'private' psychological causes and explanations for social and historical ones. This accusation reflects a radical misunderstanding of Freudian theory. There is indeed a real problem about how social and historical factors are related to the unconscious; but one point of Freud's work is that it makes it possible for us to think of the development of the human individual in social and historical terms. What Freud produces, indeed, is nothing less than a materialist theory of the making of the human subject. We come to be what we are by an interrelation of bodies - by the complex transactions which take place during infancy between our bodies and those which surround us. This is not a biological reductionism: Freud does not of course believe that we are nothing but our bodies, or that our minds are mere reflexes of them. Nor is it an asocial model of life, since the bodies which surround us, and our relations with them, are always socially specific. #Quote by Terry Eagleton
Materialism quotes by John Calvin
#87. The Must be worthless by our estimation or keep us enslaved by an intemperate love of it. #Quote by John Calvin
Materialism quotes by Bertrand Russell
#88. It is the preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else that prevents us from living freely and nobly. #Quote by Bertrand Russell
Materialism quotes by Sunday Adelaja
#89. Materialistic perception of life makes us spiritually shortsighted #Quote by Sunday Adelaja
Materialism quotes by Claire Cross
#90. Dreams shouldn't be about what you can buy
they should be about what mark you leave in the world. #Quote by Claire Cross
Materialism quotes by Soren Kierkegaard
#91. Riches and abundance come hypocritically clad in sheep's clothing, pretending to be security against anxieties, and they become then the object of anxiety. They secure a man against anxieties just about as well as the wolf that is put to tending the sheep. #Quote by Soren Kierkegaard
Materialism quotes by Edna St. Vincent Millay
#92. Siege

This I do, being mad:
Gather baubles about me,
Sit in a circle of toys, and all the time
Death beating the door in.

White jade and an orange pitcher,
Hindu idol, Chinese god, -
Maybe next year, when I'm richer -
Carved beads and a lotus pod...

And all this time
Death beating the door in. #Quote by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Materialism quotes by Billy Graham
#93. If we allow our Christian faith to be adulterated with materialism, watered down by secularism, and intermingled with a bland humanism, we cannot stand up to a system that has vowed to bury us. #Quote by Billy Graham
Materialism quotes by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
#94. Some people are blessed with a well-paid job, but are cursed with an irresistible urge to give others the impression that they are well paid, through things such as their clothes, car, and place of residence. #Quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Materialism quotes by Brink Lindsey
#95. American capitalism is derided for its superficial banality, yet it has unleashed profound, convulsive social change. Condemned as mindless materialism, it has burst loose a flood tide of spiritual yearning. The civil rights movement and the sexual revolution, environmentalism and feminism, the fitness and health-care boom and the opening of the gay closet, the withering of censorship and the rise of a "creative class" of "knowledge workers" – all are the progeny of widespread prosperity. #Quote by Brink Lindsey
Materialism quotes by Harun Yahya
#96. A well-known geneticist and an outspoken
evolutionist, Richard C. Lewontin from Harvard University,
confesses that he is "first and foremost a materialist and
then a scientist":
It is not that the methods and institutions of science
somehow compel us accept a material explanation of the
phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are
forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to
create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts
that produce material explanations, no matter how
counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated.
Moreover, that materialism is absolute, so we cannot
allow a Divine [intervention]…

These are explicit statements that Darwinism is a
dogma kept alive just for the sake of adherence to materialism.
This dogma maintains that there is no being save
matter. Therefore, it argues that inanimate, unconscious
matter created life. It insists that millions of different living
species (e.g., birds, fish, giraffes, tigers, insects, trees,
flowers, whales, and human beings) originated as a result
of the interactions between matter such as pouring rain,
lightning flashes, and so on, out of inanimate matter. This
is a precept contrary both to reason and science. Yet
Darwinists continue to defend it just so as "not to allow a
Divine intervention. #Quote by Harun Yahya
Materialism quotes by Barry Unsworth
#97. The successful cannot be unhappy
it was a contradiction in terms. #Quote by Barry Unsworth
Materialism quotes by George Bernard Shaw
#98. We know now that the soul is the body, and the body the soul. They tell us they are different because they want to persuade us that we can keep our souls if we let them make slaves of our bodies. #Quote by George Bernard Shaw
Materialism quotes by Nancy Hartsock
#99. The Feminist Standpoint: Developing the Ground for a Specifically Feminist Historical Materialism #Quote by Nancy Hartsock
Materialism quotes by Evelyn Waugh
#100. The problem of architecture as I see it is the problem of all art – the elimination of the human element from the consideration of the form. #Quote by Evelyn Waugh
Materialism quotes by Zeena Schreck
#101. To the non-initiate, whose experience of sexuality and bodily pleasure may be distorted by negative cultural conditioning, the introduction of sexuality into a sacred context is often mistakenly misconstrued as the ordinary pursuit of sex for recreation. #Quote by Zeena Schreck
Materialism quotes by Erich Fromm
#102. This popular picture of Marx's 'materialism' - his anti-spiritual tendency, his wish for uniformity and subordination - is utterly false. Marx's aim was that of the spiritual emancipation of man, of his liberation from the chains of economic determination, of restituting him in his human wholeness, of enabling him to find unity and harmony with his fellow man and with nature. Marx's philosophy was, in secular, nontheistic language, a new and radical step forward in the tradition of prophetic Messianism; it was aimed at the full realization of individualism, the very aim which has guided Western thinking from the Renaissance and the Reformation far into the nineteenth century. #Quote by Erich Fromm
Materialism quotes by Gordon White
#103. As Patrick Harpur points out, we cannot 'explain' or 'decode' a myth. To look for the historic or scientific 'truth' of a myth is but to retell the myth, albeit in a less satisfying way. We render unto materialism the control of our most precious mythologies if we allow them to be 'scientifically explained' to us. A new language is required. New words. #Quote by Gordon White
Materialism quotes by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
#104. To buy women things, some men entertain. To entertain women, some men buy things. #Quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Materialism quotes by Randy Alcorn
#105. Imagine you're alive at the end of the Civil War. You're living in the South, but you're a Northerner. You plan to move home as soon as the war's over. While in the South you've accumulated lots of Confederate currency. Now, suppose you know for a fact the North's going to win the war, and the end is imminent. What will you do with your Confederate money? If you're smart, there's only one answer. You should immediately cash in your Confederate currency for U. S. currency - the only money that will have value once the war's over. Keep only enough Confederate currency to meet your short-term needs. Kingdom currency, backed by the eternal treasury, is the only medium of exchange recognized by the Son of God, whose government will last forever. The currency of his kingdom is our present faithful service and sacrificial use of our resources for him. The payoff in eternity will be what Paul called 'a firm foundation' consisting of treasures beyond our wildest dreams. #Quote by Randy Alcorn
Materialism quotes by Chogyam Trungpa
#106. We also have to give up the notion of a divine savior, which has nothing to do with what religion we belong to, but refers to the idea of someone or something who will save us without our having to go through any pain. In fact, giving up that kind of false hope is the first step. We have to be with ourselves. We have to be real people. There is no way of beating around the bush, hoping for the best. If you are really interested in working with yourself, you can't lead that kind of double life, adopting ideas, techniques, and concepts of all kinds, simply in order to get away from yourself. #Quote by Chogyam Trungpa
Materialism quotes by Jeffrey M. Schwartz
#107. Even this abbreviated rundown of mind-brain philosophies would not be complete without what the Australian philosopher David Chalmers calls "don't-have-clue materialism." This is the default position of those who have no idea about the origins of consciousness or the mind but assert that "it must be physical, as materialism must be true," as Chalmers puts it. "Such a view is held widely, but rarely in print." One might add that many working scientists hold this view without really reflecting on the implications of it. #Quote by Jeffrey M. Schwartz
Materialism quotes by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
#108. What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more. #Quote by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Materialism quotes by David Bentley Hart
#109. The claim that there cannot be an infinite regress of contingent ontological causes raises a truly difficult challenge to pure materialism; but to imagine that it can be extended to undermine the claim that there must be an absolute ontological cause is to fall prey to an obvious category error. #Quote by David Bentley Hart
Materialism quotes by G.K. Chesterton
#110. The thing that really is trying to tyrannize through government is Science. The thing that really does use the secular arm is Science. And the creed that really is levying tithes and capturing schools, the creed that really is enforced by fine and imprisonment, the creed that really is proclaimed not in sermons but in statues, and spread not by pilgrims but by policemen - that creed is the great but disputed system of thought which began with Evolution and has ended in Eugenics. Materialism is really our established Church; for the government will really help it to persecute its heretics…I am not frightened of the word 'persecution'…It is a term of legal fact. If it means the imposition by the police of a widely disputed theory, incapable of final proof - then our priests are not now persecuting, but our doctors are. #Quote by G.K. Chesterton
Materialism quotes by Brendon Burchard
#111. Ours has become a world where a tragic number of people are more fascinated by materialism and the lives of distant narcissists than by their own life experience. #Quote by Brendon Burchard
Materialism quotes by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
#112. Capitalism has turned human beings into commodities. To the owner of a restaurant: the cook and a bag of potatoes are equally important. #Quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Materialism quotes by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
#113. Most women have low standards. All they strive for is a highly paid man. #Quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Materialism quotes by Zeena Schreck
#114. Consciousness is endless, from one incarnation to the next. It simply will and does manifest in other places and times, regardless of what becomes of the human race. #Quote by Zeena Schreck
Materialism quotes by Andre Agassi
#115. The most animated talks we have are about ... things #Quote by Andre Agassi
Materialism quotes by Afrika Bambaataa
#116. You want to buy cars and houses and castles, all of that's on you and how America has systematized your mind to be into materialism. Hip-hop ain't got nothing to do with that. I'm glad that anybody making money has picked themselves up - I just want them to give some of it back to the community. #Quote by Afrika Bambaataa
Materialism quotes by John Searle
#117. Dualism makes the problem insoluble; materialism denies the existence of any phenomenon to study, and hence of any problem. #Quote by John Searle
Materialism quotes by Mark Epstein
#118. We look to the accumulation of sensory pleasures to give our lives meaning. We have the ability now to consume anything we want and this capacity far exceeds our actual needs. With so much at our fingertips, a kind of gluttony pervades our mind-sets. #Quote by Mark Epstein
Materialism quotes by Alexandre Dumas Fils
#119. The material world coexists alongside the ideal life, and the purest intentions are bound to the earth by ridiculous threads, but they are threads of iron and they are not easily broken. #Quote by Alexandre Dumas Fils
Materialism quotes by Michael Faust
#120. The ills of the world, and their cures, are listed below: 1) A world of privilege is a world of elitism and injustice. Meritocracy is the cure. 2) Capitalism, the creed of "Greed is good", is the disease of materialism and objectification for the sole purpose of profiting the ownership class. A new spiritual, artistic, creative and intellectual paradigm is the cure. 3) Abrahamism is a mental illness. Illuminism is the psychological cure. 4) The religious divide between East and West has held back global progress. Illuminism, a religion of enlightenment and reincarnation in common with Eastern thinking, yet steeped in the most profound Western thinking, is the bridge. The #Quote by Michael Faust
Materialism quotes by Daniel J. Boorstin
#121. Although we may suffer from idolatry, we do not, I think, suffer from materialism - from the overvaluing of material objects for their own sake. Of this the world accuses us. Yet our very wealth itself has somehow made us immune to materialism - the characteristic vice of impoverished peoples. Instead, our peculiar idolatry is one with which the world till now has been unfamiliar... To flood the world with images of ourselves. It is to these images and not the material objects that we are devoted. No wonder that the puzzled world finds this unattractive and calls it by the name of its own old-fashioned vices. #Quote by Daniel J. Boorstin
Materialism quotes by David Bentley Hart
#122. There is, after all, nothing inherently reasonable in the conviction that all of reality is simply an accidental confluence of physical causes, without any transcendent source or end. Materialism is not a fact of experience or a deduction of logic; it is a metaphysical prejudice, nothing more, and one that is arguably more irrational than almost any other. #Quote by David Bentley Hart
Materialism quotes by David Zindell
#123. Science,' he informed me, 'might not yet have all the answers, but it is the only verifiable - and hence meaningful - way of asking the right questions.'
'But those questions are nearly always asked through the voices of materialism, mechanism, and reduction. Has it occurred to you that the only aspects of the universe that such an approach will reveal are those that are materialistic, mechanistic, and reductionist?'
'Has it occurred to you,' he countered, 'that the universe really is nothing more than matter and energy, which we can understand through, and only through, analysis?'
I suddenly felt like launching myself out of the pool and landing on top of him. Instead I said, 'And analyzing as you scientists do, every year you understand more and more about less and less until someday you will know everything about nothing. #Quote by David Zindell
Materialism quotes by Richard B. Hays
#124. Hoarding is both unnecessary and an affront to God, who is perfectly capable of providing abundantly for those who trust in him. #Quote by Richard B. Hays
Materialism quotes by Alija Izetbegovic
#125. The question is whether they can find a way out and remain what they are. To adapt themselves to real life, they borrow from each other. Christianity , which has become a church, began to talk about work, wealth, power, education, science, marriage, laws, social justice, and so forth. And materialism , on the other hand, which became socialism or an order, a state, speaks about humanism , morality, art, creation, justice, responsibility, freedom and so forth. #Quote by Alija Izetbegovic
Materialism quotes by John The Apostle
#126. I believe in logic, the sequence of cause and effect, and in science its only begotten son our law, which was conceived by the ancient Greeks, thrived under Isaac Newton, suffered under Albert Einstein ...
That fragment of a 'creed for materialism' which a friend in college had once shown him rose through Donald's confused mind. #Quote by John The Apostle
Materialism quotes by Alice Walker
#127. The life of my people is to remember forever; each head granary is full. The life of your people is to forget: your thing granaries ("museums"), and not yourselves, are full. #Quote by Alice Walker
Materialism quotes by Paul Davies
#128. In the following pages I argue that we have both philosophical and scientific reasons to doubt the adequacy of this widely accepted doctrine of materialism. In the history of Western philosophy, as we will see, it has turned out to be notoriously difficult to formulate a viable concept of matter. And physics in the twentieth century has produced weighty reasons to think that some of the core tenets of materialism were mistaken. These results, when combined with the new theories of information, complexity, and emergence summarized elsewhere in this volume, point toward alternative accounts of the natural world that deserve careful attention and critical evaluation. #Quote by Paul Davies
Materialism quotes by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
#129. To some women, a job plays the role of a man. To most women, a man plays the role of a job. #Quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Materialism quotes by Alexandre Dumas
#130. To wait at Monte Cristo for the purpose of watching like a dragon over the almost incalculable richs that had thus fallen into his possession satisfied not the cravings of his heart, which yearned to return to dwell among mankind, and to assume the rank, power, and influence which are always accorded to wealth - that first and greatest of all the forces within the grasp of man. #Quote by Alexandre Dumas
Materialism quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.
#131. Capitalism is always in danger of inspiring men to be more concerned about making a living than making a life. We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles, rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to humanity. #Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Materialism quotes by Edward M. Hallowell
#132. When social critics deplore the materialism of our time and its preoccupation with money, fame, and superficial values, they overlook that the driving force behind the changes we have seen
one of the greatest periods of change in history
has been thought. It wasn't big bucks or social status that drove this change. It was, and is, the force of the play of the mind. As materialistic as we may be, playful thinking got us here. #Quote by Edward M. Hallowell
Materialism quotes by Dominic Riccitello
#133. People love the facade of a perfection relationship because perfection seems alluring. What they don't realize is perfection is terrifying. #Quote by Dominic Riccitello
Materialism quotes by Linda De Coff
#134. Leaving the age of materialism and duality behind us, we now seek to become Masters of the Spiritual Kingdom ~ moving into the penthouse of ourselves, the crown chakra, as it were. Herein lays all our joy, our progress and our discovery of our superior and limitless Divine powers. By loosening identification with the sense world, we begin to access the greater causal gifts and realms.

I believe we must always learn to use our power of choice ~ to develop Spiritual authority, and come out of victim consciousness. It is important to encourage the setting of strong goals (focusing around fulfillment of pure heart's desires). When the will is highly focused, the reader become receptive to the Higher Way and technologies of God I wish to impart. #Quote by Linda De Coff
Materialism quotes by Karl Marx
#135. In the social production which men carry on they enter into definite relations that are indispensable and independent of their will; these relations of production correspond to a definite stage of development of their material powers of production. The sum total of these relations of production constitutes the economic structure of society - the real foundation, on which rise legal and political superstructures and to which correspond definite forms of social consciousness. The mode of production in material life determines the general character of the social, political and spiritual processes of life. It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but, on the contrary, their social existence determines their consciousness. #Quote by Karl Marx
Materialism quotes by Walter Benjamin
#136. Historical materialism has every reason to distinguish itself sharply from bourgeois habits of thought. Its founding concept is not progress but actualization. #Quote by Walter Benjamin
Materialism quotes by Anthony Esolen
#137. Say that he was right about how bad it was in the Soviet Union, but he just didn't understand the nice materialism of the West. Say that the Soviet Union was bad because the people were deprived of meaningless creature comforts, and that the West is good because the people are flooded with them. #Quote by Anthony Esolen
Materialism quotes by Muhammad Iqbal
#138. The great point in Christianity is the search for an independent content for spiritual life which, according to the insights of its founder, could be elevated, not by the forces of a world external to the soul of man, but by the revelation of a new world within his soul. Islam fully agrees with this insight and supplements it by the further insight that the illumination of the new world thus revealed is not something foreign to the world of matter but permeates it through and through.
Thus the affirmation of spirit sought by Christianity would come not by the renunciation of external forces which are already permeated by the illumination of spirit, but by a proper adjustment of man's relation to these forces in view of the light received from the world within. #Quote by Muhammad Iqbal
Materialism quotes by Sylvia Boorstein
#139. People are realizing that what seemed important to them in their lives-materialism and consumerism-doesn't work at all to make a happy heart. It actually makes an unhappy heart. And an unhappy world. #Quote by Sylvia Boorstein
Materialism quotes by Thabiso Daniel Monkoe
#140. Behind every light there's a darkness #Quote by Thabiso Daniel Monkoe
Materialism quotes by Robert Plant
#141. Look, Salvador Dali did not paint because he needed the money. No conversation about materialism and music makes sense. You make music and that's that, it doesn't matter why. #Quote by Robert Plant
Materialism quotes by Ludwig Von Mises
#142. He who disdains the fall in infant mortality and the gradual disappearance of famines and plagues may cast the first stone upon the materialism of the economists. #Quote by Ludwig Von Mises
Materialism quotes by Kahlil Gibran
#143. Let your home be you mast and not your anchor. #Quote by Kahlil Gibran
Materialism quotes by Richard M. Weaver
#144. In the countries of Europe, one after another, the gentleman has been ousted by politicians and entrepreneurs, as materialism has given rewards to the sort of cunning incompatible with any kind of idealism. #Quote by Richard M. Weaver
Materialism quotes by Pitirim Sorokin
#145. Instead of being depicted as a child of God, a bearer of the highest values attainable in this empirical world, and hence sacred, man is reduced to a mere inorganic or organic complex, not essentially different from billions of similar complexes. In so far as materialism identifies him and his cultural values with matter and mechanical motion, it cannot fail to strip him and his values of any exceptional and unique position in the world. Since they are but a complex of antoms, and since the events of human history are but a variety of the mechanical motions of atoms, neither man nor his culture can be regarded as sacred, as constituting the supreme end value, or as reflections of the Divine in the material world. In a word, materialistic sensory science and philosophy utterly degrade man and the truth itself. #Quote by Pitirim Sorokin
Materialism quotes by Graeme Simsion
#146. I had no idea what they sang. I guessed it was all in Latin, but some words could have been French. I didn't need to understand the words to have them touch me. I don't know whether it was the acoustics, the song, the beauty of the singing or the conviction behind it, but there was grandeur and hope in every note.

The frescos flickered in candlelight and stained-glass men looked down upon me benevolently as the monks' singing brought pieces of me apart. Maybe this was why I had come, why I was meant to be here. I saw tears running down Fabiana's cheeks.

Brother Rocher asked in French and English for those wishing to be blessed to come forward. I sat and watched the three Brazilians and half a dozen others move forward in turn. There was a final chant and everyone filed out. Except me.

Centuries of singing, service to others and dedication to something bigger than twenty-first-century materialism had created a peace that permeated the walls. Whatever issues I had with religion were not relevant here. The stillness and austerity gave me a strange sense of comfort, and I seemed to be moving toward some sort of clarity. #Quote by Graeme Simsion
Materialism quotes by Voltairine De Cleyre
#147. We dabble in many things; but the one great real idea of our age, not copied from any other, not pretended, not raised to life by any conjuration, is the Much Making of Things – not the making of beautiful things, not the joy of spending living energy in creative work; rather the shameless, merciless driving and over-driving, wasting and draining of the last bit of energy, only to produce heaps and heaps of things – things ugly, things harmful, things useless, and at the best largely unnecessary. #Quote by Voltairine De Cleyre
Materialism quotes by Anna Funder
#148. anti-fascist protective measure'. I have always been fond of this term which has something of the prophylactic about it, protecting easterners from the western disease of shallow materialism. It obeys all the logic of locking up free people to keep them safe from criminals. #Quote by Anna Funder
Materialism quotes by Neel Burton
#149. Now, it so happens that our culture - or lack of it, for our culture is in a state of flux and crisis - places a high value on materialism, and, by extension, greed. Our culture's emphasis on greed is such that people have become immune to satisfaction. Having acquired one thing, they are immediately ready to desire the next thing that might suggest itself. Today, the object of desire is no longer satisfaction, but desire itself. #Quote by Neel Burton
Materialism quotes by Theodore Parker
#150. All men need something to poetize and idealize their life a little-something which they value for more than its use, and which is a symbol of their emancipation from the mere materialism and drudgery of daily life. #Quote by Theodore Parker
Materialism quotes by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
#151. Some things are made way more appealing than they are by our lack of them. #Quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Materialism quotes by Theodore Roethke
#152. From The Auction
I left my home with unencumbered will
And all the rubbish of confusion sold. #Quote by Theodore Roethke
Materialism quotes by Richard C. Lewontin
#153. The interpenetration of chance and determination bears on the problem of how there can be a scientific approach to society when individual human behavior and consciousness seem unpredictable. Those who despair to point out that people are not machines, that there are subjective processes in the making of decisions, that it is not 'classes' but individuals who make choices. Terms such as "the human factor" or "subjective factors" with their implication of chance and unpredictability are invoked as the negation of regularity and lawfulness. And indeed it is true that individual behavior and consciousness are the consequences of intersection of a large number of weakly determining factors. But it does not follow that where there is choice, subjectivity, and individuality there cannon also be predictability. The error to take the individual as causally prior to the whole and not to appreciate that the social has causal properties within which individual consciousness and action are formed. While the consciousness of an individual is not determined by his/her class position but is influenced by idiosyncratic factors that appear as random, those random factors operate within a domain and with probabilities that are constrained and directed by social forces. #Quote by Richard C. Lewontin
Materialism quotes by Antonio Gramsci
#154. Economy and ideology. The claim (presented as an essential postulate of historical materialism) that every fluctuation of politics and ideology can be presented and expounded as an immediate expression of the structure, must be contested in theory as primitive infantilism, and combated in practice with the authentic testimony of Marx, the author of concrete political and historical works. #Quote by Antonio Gramsci
Materialism quotes by Theodore Roosevelt
#155. The leaders of thought and of action grope their
way forward to a new life, realizing, sometimes dimly, sometimes clear-sightedly,
that the life of material gain, whether for a nation or an individual, is of value
only as a foundation, only as there is added to it the uplift that comes from
devotion to loftier ideals. #Quote by Theodore Roosevelt
Materialism quotes by Abdu'l- Baha
#156. Religion and science are the two wings upon which man's intelligence can soar into the heights, with which the human soul can progress. It is not possible to fly with one wing alone! Should a man try to fly with the wing of religion alone he would quickly fall into the quagmire of superstition, whilst on the other hand, with the wing of science alone he would also make no progress, but fall into the despairing slough of materialism. #Quote by Abdu'l- Baha
Materialism quotes by Paul David Tripp
#157. This is what grace does. It rescues us from our spiritual blindness. It releases us from our bondage to our rationalism and materialism. Grace gives us the faith to be utterly assured of what we cannot see. It frees us from refusing to believe in anything we cannot experience with our physical senses. But grace does more. It connects us to the invisible One in an eternal love relationship that fills us with joy we have never known before and gives us rest of heart that we would have though impossible. And that grace is still rescuing us, because we still tend to forget what is important, real, and true. We still tend to look to the physical world for our comfort. We still fail to remember in given moments that we really do have a heavenly Father. Grace has done a wonderful thing for us and continues to do more and more. #Quote by Paul David Tripp
Materialism quotes by Robert Wuthnow
#158. By the same token, frozen dinners, a microwave oven, a dishwasher, and an illegal immigrant hired to clean the house and take one's cat to the vet would have seemed like the epitome of materialism in another time, but now provide the only means available for two-career couples to work hard enough at their jobs to earn the salaries they need to pay for those labor-saving amenities. #Quote by Robert Wuthnow
Materialism quotes by Herbert Marcuse
#159. The reign of such a one-dimensional reality does not mean that materialism rules, and that the spiritual, metaphysical, and bohemian occupations are petering out. On the contrary, there is a great deal of "Worship together this week," "Why not try God," Zen, existentialism, and beat ways of life, etc. But such modes of protest and transcendence are no longer contradictory to the status quo and no longer negative. They are rather the ceremonial part of practical behaviorism, its harmless negation, and are quickly digested by the status quo as part of its healthy diet. #Quote by Herbert Marcuse
Materialism quotes by Sophie Kinsella
#160. We're all to driven by materialism. Obsessed with success. With money. With trying to impress people who'll never be impressed. #Quote by Sophie Kinsella
Materialism quotes by Herbert Hoover
#161. The structure of human betterment cannot be built upon foundations of materialism or business, but upon the bedrock of individual character in free men and women. #Quote by Herbert Hoover
Materialism quotes by Charles Haddon Spurgeon
#162. Nothing teaches us about the preciousness of the Creator as much as when we learn the emptiness of everything else. #Quote by Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Materialism quotes by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
#163. Earthly goods deceive the human heart into believing that they give it security and freedom from worry. But in truth, they are what cause anxiety. #Quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Materialism quotes by G.K. Chesterton
#164. If you leave off looking at books about beasts and men, if you begin to look at beasts and men then (if you have any humour or imagination, any sense of the frantic or the farcical) you will observe that the startling thing is not how like man is to the brutes, but how unlike he is. It is the monstrous scale of his divergence that requires an explanation. That man and brute are like is, in a sense, a truism; but that being so like they should then be so insanely unlike, that is the shock and the enigma. That an ape has hands is far less interesting to the philosopher than the fact that having hands he does next to nothing with them; does not play knuckle-bones or the violin; does not carve marble or carve mutton. People talk of barbaric architecture and debased art. But elephants do not build colossal temples of ivory even in a roccoco style; camels do not paint even bad pictures, though equipped with the material of many camel's-hair brushes. Certain modern dreamers say that ants and bees have a society superior to ours. They have, indeed, a civilization; but that very truth only reminds us that it is an inferior civilization. Who ever found an ant-hill decorated with the statues of celebrated ants? Who has seen a bee-hive carved with the images of gorgeous queens of old? No; the chasm between man and other creatures may have a natural explanation, but it is a chasm. We talk of wild animals; but man is the only wild animal. It is man that has broken out. All other animals ar #Quote by G.K. Chesterton
Materialism quotes by Adriano Bulla
#165. Materialist deny God because they can't smell a rose with a powerful telescope. #Quote by Adriano Bulla
Materialism quotes by Ayn Rand
#166. But here you might have noticed something. I said, 'It stands to reason'. Do you see ? Men have a weapon against you. Reason. So you must be very sure to take it away from them. Cut the props from under it. But be careful. Don't deny outright. Never deny anything outright, you give your hand away. Don't say reason is evil – though some have gone that far and with astonishing success. Just say that reason is limited. That there's something above it. What ? You don't have to be too clear about it either. The field's inexhaustible. 'Instinct' – 'Feeling' – 'Revelation' – 'Divine Intuition' – 'Dialectic Materialism'. If you get caught at some crucial point and somebody tells you that your doctrine doesn't make sense – you're ready for him. You tell him there's something above sense. That here he must not try to think, he must feel. He must believe. Suspend reason and you play it deuces wild. Anything goes in any manner you wish whenever you need it. You've got him. Can you rule a thinking man ? We don't want any thinking men. #Quote by Ayn Rand
Materialism quotes by Bill Holm
#167. We all need new ideas, images, and experiences far more than we need new stoves or cars or computers. #Quote by Bill Holm
Materialism quotes by Eliab Wilkinson Capron
#168. The connection between spirit and other matter, or between the visible and invisible world of human beings, is at present little understood. I am of the opinion that the connection is far more intimate than is generally believed. Of this fact there is the most positive and convincing proof. Many may be so averse to receiving new truths, which set aside all their preconceived opinions, as to disregard the positive evidence of their senses. #Quote by Eliab Wilkinson Capron
Materialism quotes by Donald Miller
#169. I talk about love, forgiveness, social justice; I rage against American materialism in the name of alturism, but have I even controlled my own heart? The overwhelming majority of time I spend thinking about myself, pleasing myself, reassuring myself, and when I am done there is nothing to spare for the needy. Six billion people live in this world, and I can only muster thoughts for one. Me. #Quote by Donald Miller
Materialism quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.
#170. You cannot solve the problem by turning to communism, for communism is based on an ethical relativism and a metaphysical materialism that no Christian can accept. #Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Materialism quotes by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
#171. In a materialistic society, an employed boy is older than an unemployed man. #Quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Materialism quotes by Frank Herbert
#172. We do not teach history; we recreate the experience. We follow the chain of consequences - the tracks of the beast in its forest. Look behind our words and you see the broad sweep of social behavior that no historian has ever touched. #Quote by Frank Herbert
Materialism quotes by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
#173. Wearing perfume or expensive or trendy clothes is often, if not almost always, a subconscious attempt to make up for an uninteresting mind. #Quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Materialism quotes by Lailah Gifty Akita
#174. It is better to seek spirituality than materialism. #Quote by Lailah Gifty Akita
Materialism quotes by Edmund White
#175. I was lucky to live in New York when it was dangerous and edgy and cheap enough to play host to young, penniless artists. That was the era of "coffee shops" as they were defined in New York - cheap restaurants open round the clock where you could eat for less than it would cost to cook at home. That was the era of ripped jeans and dirty T-shirts, when the kind of people who are impressed by material signs of success were not the people you wanted to know. #Quote by Edmund White
Materialism quotes by Aldous Huxley
#176. The moral peril to humanity of thoughtlessly accepting these conveniences [of materialism] (with their inherent disadvantages) as constituting a philosophy of life is now becoming apparent. For the implications of this disruptive materialism ... are that human beings are nothing but bodies, animals, machines ... #Quote by Aldous Huxley
Materialism quotes by Alain De Botton
#177. The kinds of purchases surveyed in the news generally sit well beyond necessity. In acquiring them, what we are after is rarely solely or even chiefly just material satisfaction; we are also guided by a deeper, often unconscious desire for some form of psychological transformation. We don't only want to own things; we want to be changed through our ownership of them. Once we examine consumer behaviour with sufficient attention and generosity, it becomes clear that we aren't indelibly materialistic at all. What makes our age distinctive is our ambition to try to accomplish a variety of complex psychological goals via the acquisition of material goods. #Quote by Alain De Botton
Materialism quotes by G.K. Chesterton
#178. All the towering materialism which dominates the modern mind rests ultimately upon one assumption; a false assumption. It is supposed that if a thing goes on repeating itself it is probably dead; a piece of clockwork. People feel that if the universe was personal it would vary; if the sun were alive it would dance. This is a fallacy even in relation to known fact. For the variation in human affairs is generally brought into them, not by life, but by death; by the dying down or breaking off of their strength or desire. A man varies his movements because of some slight element of failure or fatigue. He gets into an omnibus because he is tired of walking; or he walks because he is tired of sitting still. But if his life and joy were so gigantic that he never tired of going to Islington, he might go to Islington as regularly as the Thames goes to Sheerness. The very speed and ecstacy of his life would have the stillness of death. The sun rises every morning. I do not rise every morning; but the variation is due not to my activity, but to my inaction. Now, to put the matter in a popular phrase, it might be true that the sun rises regularly because he never gets tired of rising. His routine might be due, not to a lifelessness, but to a rush of life. The thing I mean can be seen, for instance, in children, when they find some game or joke that they specially enjoy. A child kicks his legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of life. Because children have abounding vitality, bec #Quote by G.K. Chesterton
Materialism quotes by Swami Vivekananda
#179. If there be no eternal life, still the enjoyment of spiritual thoughts as ideals is keener and makes a man happier, whilst the foolery of materialism leads to competition and undue ambition and ultimate death, individual and national. #Quote by Swami Vivekananda
Materialism quotes by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
#180. A civilized woman's demands: A man who will (1) make her come ... sometimes; but (2) pay the bills ... at all times. #Quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Materialism quotes by Eagles
#181. Freeways flickering; cell phones chiming a tune
We're riding to Utopia; road map says we'll be arriving soon
Captains of the old order clinging to the reins
Assuring us these aches inside are only growing pains
But it's a long road out of Eden
(...)
Behold the bitten apple, the power of the tools
But all the knowledge in the world is of no use to fools
And it's a long road out of Eden #Quote by Eagles
Materialism quotes by Thomas Nagel
#182. Materialism is incomplete even as a theory of the physical world, since the physical world includes conscious organisms among its most striking occupants. #Quote by Thomas Nagel
Materialism quotes by Kosho Uchiyama
#183. KODO SAWAKI ~ To practice the buddha way is not to let our minds wander but to become one with what we're doing. This is called zanmai (or samadhi) and shikan (or "just doing"). Eating rice isn't preparation for shitting; shitting isn't preparation for making manure. And yet these days people think that high school is preparation for college and college is preparation for a good job. #Quote by Kosho Uchiyama
Materialism quotes by John B. S. Haldane
#184. Now, my own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose. I have read and heard many attempts at a systematic account of it, from materialism and theosophy to the Christian system or that of Kant, and I have always felt that they were much too simple. I suspect that there are more things in heaven and earth that are dreamed of, or can be dreamed of, in any philosophy. That is the reason why I have no philosophy myself, and must be my excuse for dreaming. #Quote by John B. S. Haldane
Materialism quotes by Suzanne Morrison
#185. Walking the spiritual path properly is a very subtle process; it is not something to jump into naively. There are numerous sidetracks which lead to the distorted, ego-centered version of spirituality; we can deceive ourselves into thinking we are developing spiritually when instead we are strengthening our egocentricity through spiritual techniques. #Quote by Suzanne Morrison
Materialism quotes by Emile Coue
#186. Perhaps one day the dreams of Utopists may be realized and humanity will shake off the chains of materialism which still separate us from what we think to be supernatural knowledge, but which, in reality, is already in us, only waiting to be discerned. #Quote by Emile Coue
Materialism quotes by Diane Frolov
#187. As a scientist, I am not sure anymore that life can be reduced to a class struggle, to dialectical materialism, or any set of formulas. Life is spontaneous and it is unpredictable, it is magical. I think that we have struggled so hard with the tangible that we have forgotten the intangible. #Quote by Diane Frolov
Materialism quotes by Daniel C. Dennett
#188. But recently I have learned from discussions with a variety of scientists and other non-philosophers (e.g., the scientists participating with me in the Sean Carroll workshop on the future of naturalism) that they lean the other way: free will, in their view, is obviously incompatible with naturalism, with determinism, and very likely incoherent against any background, so they cheerfully insist that of course they don't have free will, couldn't have free will, but so what? It has nothing to do with morality or the meaning of life. Their advice to me at the symposium was simple: recast my pressing question as whether naturalism (materialism, determinism, science...) has any implications for what we may call moral competence. For instance, does neuroscience show that we cannot be responsible for our choices, cannot justifiably be praised or blamed, rewarded or punished? Abandon the term 'free will' to the libertarians and other incompatibilists, who can pursue their fantasies untroubled. Note that this is not a dismissal of the important issues; it's a proposal about which camp gets to use, and define, the term. I am beginning to appreciate the benefits of discarding the term 'free will' altogether, but that course too involves a lot of heavy lifting, if one is to avoid being misunderstood. #Quote by Daniel C. Dennett
Materialism quotes by Ellen Goodman
#189. Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it. #Quote by Ellen Goodman
Materialism quotes by Jaron Lanier
#190. There are at least two ways to believe in the idea of quality. You can believe there's something ineffable going on within the human mind, or you can believe we just don't understand what quality in a mind is yet, even though we might someday. Either of those opinions allows one to distinguish quantity and quality. In order to confuse quantity and quality, you have to reject both possibilities. The mere possibility of there being something ineffable about personhood is what drives many technologists to reject the notion of quality. They want to live in an airtight reality that resembles an idealized computer program, in which everything is understood and there are no fundamental mysteries. They recoil from even the hint of a potential zone of mystery or an unresolved seam in one's worldview. This desire for absolute order usually leads to tears in human affairs, so there is a historical reason to distrust it. Materialist extremists have long seemed determined to win a race with religious fanatics: Who can do the most damage to the most people? #Quote by Jaron Lanier
Materialism quotes by Swami Vivekananda
#191. Neither idealists nor materialists are right; we must take both idea and expression. #Quote by Swami Vivekananda
Materialism quotes by Radhanath Swami
#192. Materialism is the consciousness of wanting to exploit and enjoy. #Quote by Radhanath Swami
Materialism quotes by Henry David Thoreau
#193. There are some who complain most energetically and inconsolably of any, because they are, as they say, doing their duty. I also have in my mind that seemingly wealthy, but most terribly impoverished class of all, who have accumulated dross, but know not how to use it, or get rid of it, and thus have forged their own golden or silver fetters. #Quote by Henry David Thoreau
Materialism quotes by H.W. Brands
#194. The males (of the Hutchinson family that included both religious dissenter Anne and immensely wealthy and politically connected Thomas) were merchants who sought salvation through commerce. #Quote by H.W. Brands
Materialism quotes by David Bentley Hart
#195. But, in fact, materialism is among the most problematic of philosophical standpoints, the most impoverished in its explanatory range, and among the most willful and (for want of a better word) magical in its logic, even if it has been in fashion for a couple of centuries or more. #Quote by David Bentley Hart
Materialism quotes by Drew Karpyshyn
#196. Materialism - an attachment to physical goods beyond their practical value - was a trap; a chain to ensnare the foolish with their own greed. #Quote by Drew Karpyshyn
Materialism quotes by Russell Shorto
#197. In asking for a relic of Descartes, the chevalier de Terlon was standing at the crossroads of the ancient and modern. He was applying to a modern thinker - the inventor of analytic geometry, no less - a primitive tradition that extends back not only to the institutionalization of Christianity in the fourth century, when Christians first broke into the tombs of saints to gather relics, but farther still, beyond the horizon of recorded history. The request is all the stranger for the fact that the man whose remains were treated in this quasisaintlike way would go down in history as the progenitor of materialism, rationalism, and a whole tradition that looked on such veneration as nonsense. #Quote by Russell Shorto
Materialism quotes by Richard Wright
#198. I felt that it was unfair that my lack of a few pounds of flesh should deprive me of a chance at a good job but I had long ago emotionally rejected the world in which I lived and my reaction was: Well, this is the system by which people want the world to run whether it helps them or not. To me, my losing was only another manifestation of that queer, material way of American living that computed everything in terms of the concrete: weight, color, race, fur coats, radios, electric refrigerators, cars, money ... It seemed that I simply could not fit into a materialistic life. #Quote by Richard Wright
Materialism quotes by Russell Baker
#199. We honor ambition, we reward greed, we celebrate materialism, we worship acquisitiveness, we commercialize art, we cherish success and then we bark at the young about the gentle arts of the spirit. The kids know that if we really valued learning, we would pay our teachers what we pay our lawyers and stockbrokers. If we valued art, we would not measure it by its capacity to produce profits. If we regarded literature as important, we would remove it from the celebrity sweepstakes and spend a little money on our libraries. #Quote by Russell Baker
Materialism quotes by Rose Macaulay
#200. You may, for instance, inquire of a popular preacher, or any one else, who denounces his countrymen as "pagan" (as speakers, and even Bishops, at religious gatherings have been known to do) what, exactly, he means by this word, and you will find that he means irreligious, and is apparently oblivious of the fact that pagans were and are, in their village simplicity, the most religious persons who have ever flourished, having more gods to the square mile then the Christian or any other Church has ever possessed or desired, and paying these gods more devout and more earnest devotion than you will meet even among Anglo-Catholics in congress. To be pagan may not be very intelligent; it is rustic and superstitious, but it is at least religious. Yet you will hear the word "pagan" flung loosely about for "irreligious", or sometimes as meaning joyous, material and comfort-loving, whereas the simple pagans walked the earth full of what is called holy awe and that mystic faith in unseen powers which is the antithesis of materialism, and gloomy with apprehension of the visitations of their horrid and vindictive gods; and, though no doubt, like all men, they loved comfort, they only obtained, just as we do, as much of that as they could afford. #Quote by Rose Macaulay

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